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Stephanie Roden, who is entering her 14th year in education as a gifted specialist at F.E. Burleson Elementary in Hartselle, said the COVID-19 pandemic played a vital role in getting older teachers acclimated with technology.

"Working with teachers who did not think they were very good at technology pre-COVID and then working with them post-COVID, they're actually very technology savvy now," Roden said.

When students went to remote or virtual learning beginning in 2020, all teachers had to utilize technology to prepare lessons online and lead classroom discussions through a computer screen. Now they readily use programs such as Google Classroom, an online learning platform, and Padlet, a virtual bulletin board where users can post texts, images, links, documents, videos and voice recordings.

Christy Bennich, a six-year memorizing coach at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle and a 27-year educator, says Padlet provides additional resources for helping children learn to read.

"I now have an online platform that parents can access," Bennich said. "Students' work (that) they need for reading, things parents can do at home, now they have an online platform they can go to."

Bennich said before the pandemic, she struggled with creating PowerPoint slides but after "being forced to" make several slides during the pandemic, she does it with ease now.

Roden, 40, said online learning platforms such as Google Suite and Screencastify were vital in reaching students last year.

"G Suite encompasses documents (and) slides, which is a presentation tool, among many other different avenues, and we have several teachers in our district who are Google certified," Roden said.

Screencastify is an online application by Google that allows individuals to record video from their devices to play back later and share and also has video-editing features.

"We can take a video of our screen and put our face with it so students could see our presentation and it makes it more like face-to-face learning even though it was virtual," Roden said. "It's something that many of us had never heard of before and we now use regularly to make sure that we have our lessons for any student that may need them if they were virtual or just to enhance their own lessons."

Karen Brown, a memorizing coach at Tanner Elementary who is entering her 36th year teaching in Tanner schools, said she also did not understand technology fluently before the pandemic.

"(Technology) has been the biggest challenge for me and that's sent many really good teachers out the door to retire," Brown said. "I've gotten better with technology. ... (The pandemic) forced us all to figure it out and get trained or whatever we needed to do."

Brown said she still uses myON, a student-centered, personalized digital library that gives students access to more than 7,000 enhanced digital books. She said if students have to go home, they will have an opportunity to still read books online that she assigns them.

Brown also said using Apple technology was challenging and said she was "forced" to learn how to work on a MacBook laptop.

"Now, I love it," Brown said of her laptop.


Longtime teachers say they look forward to starting the school year without pandemic restrictions on in-person instruction and want to get to know their students.

Pam Brannon enters her 24th year in education having taught only at Benjamin Davis Elementary and Leon Sheffield Elementary Magnet School. She taught fifth grade at Leon Sheffield during the 2021-22 academic year and will begin a new role as the school's gifted specialist when Decatur students return to classes Wednesday.

Brannon, 54, grew up in Decatur and graduated from Austin High School. She received her teaching degrees from Athens State University and the University of Alabama. Brannon and her husband James have two adult children and they graduated from Decatur schools as well. She said teaching during the pandemic had its challenges, but she was able to get to know her students better by talking to them one-on-one instead of in groups.

"We all bonded from a difficult situation," Brannon said.

Although a seasoned educator, Brannon does not hesitate to learn new teaching methods from younger teachers entering the field.

"I'm always open to what brand new teachers bring to the table," Brannon said. "I am one to reinvent the wheel every year to keep things fresh and up to date."


Roden has been teaching for 14 years in Limestone County, Decatur, and now Hartselle City Schools. She grew up in Winston County and graduated from Athens State University. She has watched social media evolve into several different forms and said while social media has its negatives, it has helped her to become acquainted with other educators and learn new ideas.

"I know, as a teacher, there are so many communities on social media that I have joined that provide me so many ideas and pour into me to help me be a better teacher," Roden said.

Roden has built a miniature roller coaster in the robotics classroom that her students in the gifted program will work with this year.

"We're going to learn how a roller coaster works and just become critical thinkers through that process," Roden said.

Bennich, 51, will begin her 27th year as an educator and said she and other Crestline teachers will have a better start to the school year. She plans to help students catch up on the valuable instruction time they've missed because of quarantining and having periods or remote instruction since March 2020.

"We still have a few gaps here and there, but we're in a much better position," Bennich said.

Brown, 59, said new teachers coming into the field must listen to their students and get to know them on a personal level in order to build and maintain relationships.

"They have to take the time to find out about each kid in their classrooms," Brown said. "You've got to find out their story. You've got to find out what's going on in their life and you've got to show them that you care about them because a lot of kids will do whatever you want them to do as long as they know you care about them."

©2022 The Decatur Daily (Decatur, Ala.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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According to Norman Rowe, MD, of Rowe Plastic Surgery, face-lift tape is much more effective and generally safe to do in moderation. “Face tape works to create the illusion of a face-lift without an real face-lift by pulling the skin around the eyes, neck, jawline, and cheekbones to sculpt the face,” he says. “The main aim is to tighten the skin with tape in the areas of the face to get that sharp look similar to celebrities’ and models’. As the effect is temporary, the majority of the success is due to successful placement and makeup.”

Dr. Rowe says he has seen an increasing number of young patients asking for chiseled jaws and angular faces. Face-lift tape has been a longtime Hollywood beauty secret—Hadid admitted to using face tape in an interview with Vogue in March—and TikTok has recently caught on. 

You won't find face-lift tape at Sephora or Ulta—until recently it's been a trick used only by professional makeup artists who source from speciality makeup and FX supply stores. But as the practice becomes more mainstream, brands are launching their own face-lift tapes, indicating that it may become its own beauty category in the near future. TheFaceTape and FX Eyes have built their brands entirely around face-lift tape and have found much of their success on TikTok. 

Unlike face taping, professional face-lift tape uses thin “medical grade” tape. Rowe cautions against using anything else: “Don't use any additional adhesive besides the tape, as too strong of an adhesive can actually tear the top layer of skin off when removed,” he says. 

It's a brief optical illusion and risks are minimal; hence why celebrities use face-lift tape for big events and red carpets. “If you’re using it minimally as a cosmetic or beauty tool, the risks are low,” Vasyukevich says. “Of course, there may be bruising, scarring, or bleeding depending on the length you keep the tape on. This trick has been used in the entertainment industry for a long while, and as far as I know, there’s never been any serious damage as a result of the practice. But I would emphasize always doing so in moderation.”

Of course, another potential risk is the face-lift tape actually falling off your face. According to Avedaño, staying power comes down to proper application. “Start with clean and dry skin,” he says. “I use an alcohol wipe to the area where I will be applying the tape. It’s important to make sure you're applying the tape to the exact area on each side of the face before attaching the cord or band unless you’re correcting an eye that isn’t symmetrical to the other. Then you want to figure out the best position to correct the unevenness.”

Still, Rowe maintains that cosmetic work is the best way to achieve the look and suggests procedures like thread lifts, a laser fat reducer and skin tightener called Trusculpt, and Botox. For long-term results, the most effective is surgical procedures. “I commonly see neck lifts, face-lifts, and brow lifts, to get that 'snatched' appearance,” he says. “Overall, all treatments, nonsurgical or surgical, are extremely effective at achieving a similar look to face tape. It is up to the patient which route they would like to take since surgical is one-and-done, whereas nonsurgical patients can come in as many times as they want within reason to get their desired result.”

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Zhanna Palahniuk never doubted that her husband – a Ukrainian paratrooper whose bulletproof confidence was honed by years of combat – would be in the thick of the battle, or that he would always prevail.

Then, in late April, Russian forces engaging in a major new offensive bore down on 1st Lt. Oleksandr Palahniuk’s Ukrainian Army unit, on the Izyum front in northeastern Ukraine.

In daily video calls, he began telling his wife of serious challenges and morale-sapping shortages, even of vehicles. A born problem-solver, who grated against hierarchy yet found his calling in the military, the deputy company commander said he resorted to evacuating the wounded on his own motorcycle.

What he didn’t tell her was that the fight was becoming overwhelming – and that he had stepped on a landmine. The device clicked but did not detonate, momentarily sparing the experienced fighter from being added to Ukraine’s soaring daily death toll then of 100 to 200 soldiers.

“I could see that something happened, that he was really deep into his thoughts and depressed,” Mrs. Palahniuk recalls, her voice cracking at the memory of the decorated and exhausted paratrooper, called Sasha by all who knew him, who was long overdue for rotation.

“He was disappointed and stressed. He asked me to bring our daughter to the phone, so he could talk to her,” she says of 6-year-old Yulianna. “I made a screenshot of his face and sent it to him. I said, ‘Look at yourself now. You look pale, tired. ... You should look after yourself.’”

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A portrait of Ukrainian 1st Lt. Oleksandr Palahniuk, killed in late April, and training certificates are kept in his childhood bedroom in the rural village of Pokutyne, south of Vinnytsia, Ukraine, June 21, 2022. A nine-year veteran with extensive combat experience and American and other NATO training, the lieutenant is one face of a Ukrainian death toll that has reached as high as 200 soldiers a day.

If his wife could detect a trace of vulnerability, it was not something he projected in those days to strangers. Dressed for combat, in a brief encounter with this correspondent April 25 in Druzhkivka, Lt. Palahniuk’s handshake was strong and his bearing confident, showing he was no stranger to the front lines.

He offered an “excursion” to the front, then late the next day and again the following messaged that he could not meet because things had escalated dramatically.

On April 28 he was killed when a Russian tank scored a direct hit on his armored vehicle. He was at the village of Kurulky, in Kharkiv Province, carrying orders to front-line troops – not to retreat.

“There was never even one thought that something like this could happen. Never,” says Mrs. Palahniuk, her arms folded protectively around Yulianna, both still reeling from the loss weeks later.

“I was confident in him, that he could find a way out of any hard situation,” she says. “That’s how I coped.”

The weight of sacrifice

Amid the high casualty numbers from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the death of a single soldier may appear barely significant, adding just one statistical notch to the toll as this war enters its seventh month.

But, as in any conflict, behind every number is a human face and a colossal impact on each family, which is left to grapple with loss.

In the case of Ukraine, which is being defended against a more powerful aggressor, the weight of sacrifice is clearly articulated in the tidy farmhouse ringed with rose bushes where Sasha Palahniuk was raised, in the rural western village of Pokutyne, near the border with Moldova.

“We have to keep living, we have to believe in victory, to understand that he didn’t go in vain,” says the paratrooper’s father, Mykhailo Palahniuk, whose work on his 15-acre wheat, barley, and soy farm has left his face sun-kissed and his fingers cracked.

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Mykhailo Palahniuk holds flowers in the Ukrainian national colors at his home in the rural village of Pokutyne, south of Vinnytsia, Ukraine, before visiting the grave of his paratrooper son, June 21, 2022.

“Sasha died for Ukraine, he died so that something like Bucha would never happen again,” he says, referring to atrocities committed by Russian troops in the northern Kyiv suburb in March.

“We are Ukrainians, and Sasha defended us,” says the farmer. “That’s worth it. Sasha did something good, he meant something. We think he’s a hero.”

Despite the high personal cost, for this family and so many others, “without such a sacrifice” the country would be occupied by Russia, Mr. Palahniuk says, just as the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea was captured in 2014 and then annexed by Moscow.

“We live differently, we just want our country to prosper, to live well. That’s all we want,” he says. Nearby a portrait of his son in military dress uniform sits beside a pillow bedecked with medals.

Preserved in Sasha’s former bedroom are pictures of him in fighting gear with a camouflaged head wrap, and several certificates of training with American and other NATO troops. There is a paratrooper beret, a live large-caliber round, and a pair of fake hand grenades, painted black.

“Sasha’s brothers-in-arms are really missing him, because there are very few people like him left,” he says.

High on the wall is a depiction of the winged Angel Gabriel.

Trying to cope

Less than 100 yards from the house, up a cobblestone road covered with cracked asphalt, is the cemetery on the southeast edge of the village. Ukrainian and battalion flags fly over Sasha’s grave.

It is piled high with flower arrangements, and when his family members visit – this time with flowers in the Ukrainian national colors of blue and yellow – they each silently touch and kiss the wooden cross. The official death announcement notes that the “enemy takes the best sons of Ukraine,” but adds: “Eternal memory, heroes don’t die!”

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Larysa and Mykhailo Palahniuk speak about coping with the loss of their son, Ukrainian paratrooper Oleksandr Palahniuk, at their home in Pokutyne, Ukraine, June 21, 2022. “We are Ukrainians, and Sasha defended us,” says Mr. Palahniuk. “That’s worth it. Sasha did something good, he meant something. We think he’s a hero.”

“It’s very hard for us; we are still trying to find a way to cope with it,” says Larysa Palahniuk, the lieutenant’s mother, her tearful face framed by a black headscarf.

“I can’t believe this happened to my son,” she says. “At the same time, we have part of his blood, we have someone to live for,” she adds, referring to her granddaughter.

The challenge of telling Yulianna the news fell to her mother. Throughout the war, the girl would ask: “Has Papa called?”

When her father failed to call on her birthday in early May – just a week after he was killed – Yulianna asked her mother why.

“Our father is already an angel,” she told her.

Weeks later, when the funeral had passed, Yulianna again asked why her father did not call.

Her mother then asked: “How do people become angels?” The girl replied: “So, was Father killed?”

It was an inevitable, excruciating moment: Yes, she was told.

A commander, not a farmer

Sasha was a “regular boy” who enjoyed fishing and camping, his parents recall. A special love was a 650cc motorcycle that still sits in a shed.

The officer-in-waiting rode the bike often, including to dances in nearby villages. But he detested farm work, dismissing it with a common Ukrainian aphorism, “This is not the business of the Czar.”

Sasha only went to college – where he met his wife – at the insistence of his mother.

“He was a commander,” Zhanna Palahniuk recalls of her husband-to-be. “Even when they lived with the boys in the dorm, he was giving orders and managing people, saying, ‘You will be washing dishes, you will be cleaning up,’ and everyone listened to him.”

He surprised her one day in 2013 when he signed up to join the army.

But he also disliked hierarchy, and would come back from training with callouses on his knuckles – from all the push-ups he did as punishment for not following orders.

He was sent to Crimea, and in the winter of 2014-15 was at the Donetsk Airport for a famous last-stand battle in the face of heavy Russian firepower.

“Sasha is a real warrior, and always was a real warrior,” his wife says.

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Zhanna Palahniuk kisses her daughter, Yulianna, as they speak about the April combat loss of her husband, Oleksandr Palahniuk, in a wooded park in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, June 20, 2022.

And while his aversion to what he sometimes considered to be “stupid” orders appears to have slowed his advance to the rank of captain, it helped endear him to men under his command. Indeed, as the war increasingly imposed its will on his unit in April, the lieutenant told his wife he felt he had saved his men’s lives three times by not following all orders.

He told his parents his unit was suffering “very big losses” and had no vehicles; friends even gathered money to donate a car.

Near the end, “Sasha said there was no exit,” says his father. “He said, ‘We have a task, but not the tools to do it.’”

On his last call to his parents, just days before his death, it was “clear something had changed,” recalls his mother. “I saw he wasn’t holding it together, he was down.

“We had an intuition,” she says. “We didn’t sleep all night.”

Neither, in those days, did his wife.

Zhanna Palahniuk today pulls her daughter in tight and kisses her nose, eliciting giggles.

“The child makes me laugh,” she says of her warrior husband’s “beautiful legacy.”

“At least he has a legacy,” she says. “There are many others who don’t.”

Oleksandr Naselenko supported reporting for this story.

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Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren’t the only ones exploring the final frontier: Skin care is heading to space.

Back in 2020, while the rest of us were trying out new cleansers and moisturizers in our bathrooms, Estée Lauder embarked on the ultimate social distancing project. The company rocketed its Advanced Night Repair Serum into orbit for testing aboard the International Space Station, joining a growing list of brands that have begun to ship their products to space.

“Space is a laboratory for aging,” says Yannis Alexandrides, MD, the board-certified cosmetic surgeon and restorative surgery specialist behind luxury skin-care brand 111SKIN. “There is no protection from the atmosphere, and space has harmful, intense, cosmic radiation and a lack of gravity, which thins the skin and other organs of the body."

Studies have found that spaceflight may speed up the aging process thanks to the fact that the microgravity environment beyond the stratosphere is more aggressive on the dermis. When completing space missions, astronauts have noticed that their skin is thinner, drier, more inflamed, and more susceptible to cuts and bruises—all of which are symptoms of sped-up skin aging.

With that in mind, testing products in space is akin to training at a high altitude before running a race at sea level: By the time you drop your elevation, you'll be in beast mode thanks to the fact that you've prepped your body for the same workout in more extreme conditions. "Products that are effective in the harsh conditions of space provide a shield of protection on earth," says Dr. Alexandrides. In other words, if a product can ‘slow down time,'  so to speak, in an arena that accelerates aging, it will likely perform extremely well back on our planet. As Dr. Alexandrides puts it, “If the [skin-care] ingredients work in space, imagine what they can do on earth!”

The concept of sending skin care into the cosmos began back in 2011, when scientists from the Soviet Space Program reached out to Dr. Alexandrides for help treating astronauts with wound healing while the were in space. This astral exploration gave rise to the development of 111SKIN's Dramatic Healing Serum (which is now known as the Y Theorem Repair Serum), "a formulation that augments your body's natural healing and aging mechanisms through the use of innovative sponge technology," says Dr. Alexandrides. The serum also includes a unique antioxidant combo called NAC Y2, which helps boost production of our body’s innate antioxidants.

Dr. Alexandrides began testing the product on mere earthlings (his patients, to be specific) during post-procedure care, and their reaction was overwhelmingly positive—so much so that you can now shop the product for yourself.

More recently, PCA Skin got in on the extraterrestrial testing, too. In February 2022, the brand sent “the first-ever private sector skin health experiment,” to the International Space Station (in other words, they put some live skin tissue in a rocket ship), in an effort to better understand—and thus treat and care for—aging skin. PCA will be examining certain markers of inflammation, skin barrier, hydration, collagen, and elastin over the course of seven days, and then frozen samples will make their way back down over the course of six months (the last of the tissue is expected to return to earth by October). Eventually, the brand plans to develop products based on its finding.

So far, there are only two space-tested formulas you can shop for yourself—but the potential for more is (quite literally) out of this world.

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This formula was originally designed to help heal post-surgical wounds, and its proprietary antioxidant blend helps to boost collagen to stimulate your skin to repair itself on its own. It’s also got calming calendula extract and elasticity-boosting amino acids to reduce redness and irritation and diminish the appearance of scarring.

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When thinking about health, most all of us focus our efforts on moving our bodies and steering clear of a poor diet. Even tiny efforts can make a world of difference physically, as we discussed last week, but what can we do to sponsor longevity when it comes to our minds? As we move into older age, are there things we might do to maintain our mental acuity and stave off dementia?

The sounds of shuffling playing cards and the slap of them being laid out on a table ring in my ears as vividly as other childhood memories, like the sound of the ice cream truck. My mom is an avid Solitaire player and is always up for a game of Gin Rummy, Casino or even Go Fish. I’m pretty sure the main reason she had a child was to have someone to play backgammon with on-hand at all times (she waited to teach me until I was 3).

While diet and exercise no doubt support our brain health and are pivotal in terms of aiming for longevity, cognitive exercises are just as important when it comes to staying sharp. Most of us spend the majority of our adult lives working to build up enough cash reserves so we can retire. Brain power and memory build their own reserve over the course of our lives, the volume of which is determined by several factors.

While I am no neurologist, brain health fascinates me. The hippocampus is an area of the brain that is often connected with signs of aging or the lack thereof. It is essential for forming new memories (for instance, a recent conversation or what you had for dinner) and has been found to have shrunk in those who exhibit signs of dementia more than those who do not.

Certain foods are attributed to brain health. These include berries, green leafy veggies, nuts, olive oil and fatty fish, but foods that contain resveratrol and anthocyanins are particularly good for memory. Foods that are red, blue or purple in color contain these polyphenols in high quantities (think blueberries, red grapes, purple cabbage, cocoa and even red wine) and help to build our hippocampus.

Sometimes it seems that the more information we get thrown at us, the less we know. One thing that has become clearer and clearer, however, is the relation between brain health and nutrition. Changes in diet were shown to have an effect on memory in as little as three months, but physical and mental exercise is pivotal for brain health as well.

Cognitive reserve (CR) is described as the brain’s ability to understand, process and improvise in order to accomplish tasks. It’s demonstrated in how our brains process and cope with challenges. This term came about in the 1980s when researchers conducted autopsies on people who had not demonstrated any symptoms of dementia during their lives and found their brains exhibited many traits that were found in Alzheimer’s patients. These patients were thought to have large cognitive reserves that helped them to offset the damage and to function normally despite the physical damage. While the measurement of cognitive reserve is based on self-report, it is thought to be enhanced by education, curiosity and experiences (both social and leisure). Through various mental exercises, it is thought that our CR can be boosted. The larger our CR, the more likely we are to be able to stave off dementia.

Try these mental exercises to boost your CR levels.

Grab a deck of cards

Playing cards and board games has been shown to stretch our minds. Since social interaction is important when it comes to cognitive reserve, playing a game with a group of people certainly isn’t a waste of time.

Play Memory (It’s not just for kids!)

I liked to think of myself as a Memory champion as a child. Remembering where things are is a challenge for the best of us at times (um, anyone else ever misplace their glasses only to find them on their head?). There are grown-up versions of this classic card game, but you can find a young friend and challenge them to a game. You can even use playing cards for this one!

Ditch the calculator

While my hubby makes fun of me for still balancing my checkbook, old-fashioned addition and subtraction isn’t just for first-graders. Putting aside the calculator can be a quick mind game of the healthiest kind.

Get your zzzs

Our brain literally cleans itself when we sleep. As we shed toxins whilst we snooze, those seven or eight hours are some of the most important of our lives.

Remember phone numbers

I used to dial a number once and remember it forever more. Sure, I was younger then, but even when I had my first cell phone that stored phone numbers when I was in my 20s, I no longer knew anyone’s digits. Dig out your cell phone and play a memory game to see whose number you can remember by heart.

Learn a new hobby or language

Stretching ourselves mentally has never been easier with all the language apps and how-to YouTube videos. Picking up an instrument, finding a new hobby or finally learning a second language helps to fortify our cognitive reserve. Now to just find the time …


Finding time to decompress and unplug is just as important as being productive. When we turn our “focus” off, our brain has a chance to retrieve memories, generate ideas and access its creativity. According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, it makes us feel more self-connected as well, so don’t feel guilty about stealing a minute on the couch.

Puzzle it out

Crosswords, sudoku and puzzles are great ways to work out our cognitive ability. Not only are they entertaining, but they stretch our minds intellectually.

Make your own mayo

Avocado is anti-inflammatory and will help to replace its inflammatory counterpart, soybean oil found in store-bought mayo.

1 egg – room temperature

1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup avocado oil

Place all ingredients save for the oil into a food processor or large jar.

Use processor or immersion blender to emulsify egg, mustard and salt.

Add oil in drizzling into mixture a bit at a time.

Mix until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

Katharine A. Jameson, a certified nutrition counselor who grew up in Williamsville and Townshend, writes about food and health for Vermont News & Media. For more tricks, tips and hacks, find her on Instagram:


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Killexams : 12 Best Eczema Shampoos, According to Dermatologists
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Khadija Horton

I’ll be honest: I used to think scalp eczema was just dandruff or your run-of-the-mill dry skin. Then I actually got eczema, which left my scalp covered in severely itchy, painful, flaky rough patches. That’s when I learned that although scalp eczema can look similar to dandruff and dry scalp, it differs in its intensity and can be triggered by a mix of factors (see: hormones, allergies, medications, health issues), making it difficult to treat with just one product. But a good starting point? Eczema shampoo, says board-certified dermatologist, Michele J. Farber, MD.

Eczema shampoos can help hydrate, exfoliate, and protect your scalp’s moisture barrier and should be free of common irritants, like artificial fragrance and sulfates. A good eczema shampoo can also contain active ingredients, like salicylic acid, to break down rough patches and excess oils during flare-ups or it can be filled with soothing ingredients, like aloe and colloidal oatmeal, to keep your scalp healthy when you’re not flaring, says Dr. Farber. Sound a little overwhelming? I know. That’s why I chatted with Dr. Farber to find the 12 best eczema shampoos for you.

Here’s a quick look of our favorites:

Our top eczema shampoo picks of 2022:

Now keep scrolling for all the details on the best eczema shampoos, whether you’re in the middle of a flare-up or you just want to keep your sensitive scalp happy. Then, find answers to all of your scalp questions, including what to look for in a scalp eczema shampoo, how often you should wash your itchy scalp, and the full breakdown on what causes scalp eczema in the first place.


Best Eczema Shampoo Overall

Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

Best Gentle Eczema Shampoo

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Shampoo & Wash

Best Eczema Shampoo for Dry Hair

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Aloe + Oat Milk Ultra Soothing Shampoo

Best Eczema Shampoo for Oily Hair

Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo

Best Eczema Shampoo for Flakes

Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Shampoo and Conditioner

Best Foaming Eczema Shampoo

Mustela Stelatopia Eczema-Prone Skin Foam Shampoo

Best Natural Eczema Shampoo

Wild Naturals Eczema and Psoriasis Shampoo

Best Eczema Shampoo for Maintenance

Seen Fragrance-Free Shampoo

Best Soothing Eczema Shampoo

Aveeno Farm-Fresh Oat Milk Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Best Eczema Shampoo for Itch Relief

Derma E Scalp Relief Shampoo

Best Exfoliating Eczema Shampoo

Never Salty Sugar-Based Scalp Scrub

Best Medicated Eczema Shampoo

Head and Shoulders Clinical Strength Intensive Itch Relief Shampoo

What causes eczema in the scalp?

Scalp eczema is caused by many factors, including irritation from an ingredient in a product, hormones, stress, certain medications, sudden temperature drops, and dry air. All of this to say: Scalp eczema could be chocked-up to genetics, or something very out of your control, like the weather. But the fragrances, sulfates, and preservatives in your shampoos and hair products could be causing an allergic reaction (also known as contact dermatitis), says Dr. Farber. If you’ve started using anything new recently, switch to a gentle, fragrance-free shampoo to soothe your scalp and eliminate the new product for two weeks while you determine what caused the reaction.

But before you start any treatments for persistent scalp eczema, get your scalp checked by a dermatologist if you’re able to. You could actually be dealing with psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff—all of which require different treatment methods. Dr. Farber says your doctor can also do patch testing to determine which ingredients might be causing your irritation, aka less work and money for you on products that’ll just make you itch.

What type of shampoo is best for scalp eczema?

The best shampoo for scalp eczema is “gentle and free of allergens or irritants that are contributing to their eczema,” says Dr. Farber. You should avoid any ingredients that could be irritating and cause the inflammation on your scalp to get worse, like fragrance, harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, and methylisothiazolinone (a common preservative that can cause contact dermatitis for some people). Dr. Farber also notes that certain ingredients in hair dye, like paraphenylenediamine, can cause rashes for some.

What ingredients should you look for? For dry, compromised scalps, look for hydrating ingredients like “glycerin, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid that can help keep your moisture barrier strong,” says Dr. Farber, while itchy, inflamed scalps will do best with soothing aloe, chamomile, and oatmeal. Still, it’s important to note that some eczema cases will need more than just a gentle shampoo to get rid of itchiness and flakes: “More severe eczema will often require a steroid or other prescription medication,” says Dr. Farber, which brings us to…

How do I fix eczema on my scalp?

To treat eczema on your scalp, you have two options: at-home treatments, like the shampoos above, or prescription treatments from your doctor. Eczema shampoo—ideally spiked with salicylic acid to remove build-up and oil, or selenium sulfide to reduce flaking—is the most effective treatment at home. But you can also opt for a gentle, medication-free shampoo if you have a more mild case of scalp eczema or just want to ward off flare-ups.

If your scalp eczema doesn’t go away after a month of using over-the-counter medicated shampoos, your doctor may prescribe steroid treatments in either topical form (via shampoos or creams) or oral form (via a short course of oral steroids). Basically, you’ve got options, and you don’t need to deal with eczema on your own.

How often should you wash your hair with scalp eczema?

How often you wash your hair when you have scalp eczema will depend on how oil-prone your hair is. Generally speaking, Dr. Farber recommends washing one to three times a week if your hair is oily, or once a week if your hair is dry. “With eczema, it is more problematic to over-wash your hair than skip washes, as it can strip the natural oils on your scalp and disrupt your skin's moisture barrier,” says Dr. Farber.

When you do shampoo your hair, keep the water at a mild temperature, since hot water can irritate your scalp, potentially making eczema drier and itchier. And if you do want to take a hot shower without messing with your hair, slip on a shower cap to keep your hair and scalp away from the water. Looking like a granny is a small price to pay for soothing scalp eczema, right?

Why trust ’Cosmopolitan’?

Beth Gillette is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan with four years of experience researching, writing, and editing skincare stories that range from how to get rid of whiteheads to butt acne. She’s an authority in all skincare categories but is an expert when it comes to eczema shampoos, thanks to years of personally treating her own scalp eczema. She regularly tests and analyzes eczema shampoos for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top dermatologists to assess new formulas and brands.

Beth Gillette is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers skincare, makeup, hair, nails, and more across digital and print.

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Killexams : I Just Came Into a Huge Sum of Money—but I Like My Life as a Dishwasher

Pay Dirt is Slate’s money advice column. Have a question? Send it to Athena and Elizabeth here(It’s anonymous!)

Dear Pay Dirt,

I’m about to come into some money and all I feel is terror. My mother died when I was 18 and I am the beneficiary of her life insurance policy of around $150,000, to be held in trust until I reach 30. Now I am 29 and have no idea what to do with this nest egg.

My mother raised me under very modest means. I feel a lot of guilt around this money coming from her untimely passing, and also because I have few middle-class aspirations—I work as a dishwasher and artist now, and I like my life. I’ve thought about buying a house with this money, but I am anxious about how to maintain whatever property would be able to afford. I know very little about investing and I am hesitant to do so because of my leftist political views. What the hell do I do?

—Upwardly Noble

Dear Upwardly Noble,

Listen, even if you didn’t have leftist political views, now is a scary time to do anything financially, let alone have a considerable amount of money dropped in your lap. As a fellow liberal, I say in good faith it’s not financially savvy to keep $150,000 under your mattress. If you’re like my family, it also wouldn’t be financially savvy to keep it in a cookie tin.  You don’t need to have large middle-class aspirations to find a way to make this money add to your comfort.

For your first step, I recommend you make an appointment with a fee-based certified financial planner, better known as a CFP. For some, $150,000 isn’t a huge amount of assets and shouldn’t qualify for a visit to a CFP because they could just manage money on their own. But since you know very little about investing, have specific goals, and want to continue in your career, I recommend you talk to a professional. While most CFPS are commission-based and make money off of financial products they sell you, fee-based advisors don’t. They charge a set, or hourly, fee for their services and can recommend financial tools that make sense for you. They don’t have skin in the game which allows them to act in your best interest. You can do your research to find the right one for you by conducting a general Google search or checking out The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.

I get your hesitation in investing. We’re not given a lot of information to feel comfortable in this market and if investing in traditional markets isn’t for you, that’s OK. Buying a home is still a worthy use of the money.

While you wait for your nest egg to be accessible, take this time to learn more about personal finance in general. While Pay Dirt is a great resource, also check out books such as Get Good With Money by Tiffany Aliche, Broke Millenial by Erin Lowry, or The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach. Take time to research the neighborhood you want to live in and what houses go for in that area. Also, take time to research property taxes and estimated upkeep. You can keep yourself busy so that when the time comes, you’ll feel empowered to take the next step.

Dear Pay Dirt,

I’m a 30-something guy in middle management in a semi-high-cost coastal area. I grew up poor and did without a whole lot. My parents always did their best but it was what it was. My mother passed in 2016 followed shortly after by my father taking his own life in 2018. From their combined estates I received approximately $100,000 along with a lifetime benefit pension of approximately $400 a month that will continue to increase due to COLA adjustments.

Financially, I’m in great shape! I make a solid salary, have good benefits, and even put away extra money each month into a supplemental retirement account on top of my pension contributions. I bought my house in 2012 in the trough and refinanced to a 15-year mortgage in 2020 that I pay extra on each month. I pay less on a mortgage than I do in combined car payments, and a lot less than a lot of my peers pay in rent.

That said, I’m embarrassed at how I’ve used some of this money, and generally at how I’m looking at my finances since my parents passed. I used some of the cash to buy a vacation property along with four friends and it’s been a net benefit (zero regrets on that expenditure). However, I’ve cycled through several vehicles, trading in depending on my whims and what I think would look good parked in the garage. I’ve taken several trips (often in business class) and have more planned. I spend more than I think I should on frivolous expenditures like electronics and eating out; I also gift a lot to friends by way of fun purchases or buying them things I know they need but won’t buy for themselves. While I still have 80% or more of the money my parents left me sitting in savings, I worry that I’ll blink and it’ll be gone.

Looking at my life, I’m ostensibly happy and in good shape, but I can’t help but shake the worry that I’m somehow overspending and am going to end up back where I was as a kid, just scraping by. Taking time to evaluate my finances, I seem to be doing just fine unless it’s a big expense month, like when I pay for a trip. Am I just fiscally anxious? Is this something that needs professional help, or am I just overreacting to my stability?

—Unstable in Stability

Dear Unstable in Stability,

I’m sorry to hear about your parents, especially your dad. That loss sounds like it would have been hard but you powered through and are living a life that would make them proud. But at the same time, you’re also wondering if you’re living too much, at least financially.

Growing up poor sucks. A lot of us are raised in less than stellar financial situations and as a result, you may have triggers that activate any financial trauma you have carry. A symptom of financial trauma can be overspending, which is what you feel is going on now. This is something that shopaholics deal with. I myself went through a phase where I preferred to see my money around my home in the form of useless crap, like home décor and beauty products. However, underspending is also a sign of financial trauma. It’s easy to have the urge to think you can lose it all tomorrow. But guess what? You won’t. You have financial safeguards put in place to help weather your storms.You can tell your inner child that it’s okay now.

If your financial goals like housing, retirement, and savings are all being hit, ENJOY YOUR MONEY. Party it up at the vacation rental. Buy the Benz because you’re going to look cool in a convertible. Money is a tool that’s meant to be enjoyed as much as it is to bring you financial security. If you find yourself dipping too much into the funds, try to cut back for a month or two. Also, read the book Die With Zero by Bill Perkins. This book will help you with the guilt you feel when spending so that you aren’t held back by a life of regret.

Dear Pay Dirt,

My boyfriend and I have been dating since just before the pandemic. I’m now 65, he’s 68. I’m semi-retired w/ a modest social security payment, a small retirement check, and own a modest condo. He, on the other hand, has a bigger social security payment, but almost NOTHING ELSE. He has barely enough to rent a studio apartment.

I might add that he has an elderly dad who owns a home that he and a sibling will inherit. My problem: He refuses to get a part-time job although I feel he needs one. (I did not realize his lack of assets until WAY into the relationship.) He can afford almost “no extras” but makes excuses why he cannot (will not) work. What is your take on this?


Dear Frustrated,

I hear your anguish but I have a question: Why does he need a part-time job? While you may want him to get a part-time job, he might not see the need for one since his living expenses are covered. Do you routinely have to bail him out or foot the bill? Both of these are definite reasons for him to consider a part-time job. But if he’s doing fine, I would let him pursue his other interests in retirement that aren’t financially focused.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t have financial boundaries. We often confuse boundaries with ultimatums which isn’t the case. Boundaries are meant to protect you. You can let him know that you are not willing to lend him money in case of an emergency or cover the majority of any financial expenses you may share due to his lack of income. He may then understand what his lack of income is costing him. If you’re already shared these boundaries, quit pressing the issue and just stay firm. If it’s too much of a headache, it may be time to look more into your relationship dynamics to see if this is something you want to deal with long term. Good luck.

Dear Pay Dirt,

I am in my late 20s and just finished up a PhD, which I began right after college. I don’t have any debt thanks to generous family support for undergrad, but I am used to making grad student wages. In grad school, I didn’t make much progress toward long-term saving goals, although I set a few thousand dollars aside for emergencies. Honestly, I didn’t think that much about saving because I was making so little. Next year, I will make significantly more money as I move into my professional field (think $50,000 instead of $15,000). This is obviously a huge shift that will move me into a new tax bracket and brings a lot of new questions. To start, I want to get better at budgeting and planning for my future. Do you have any recommendations? Are apps like Mint safe? I’d also appreciate any other advice you want to provide me!

—Budgeting Baby

Dear Budgeting Baby,

It’s impressive to save anything on grad school wages so be proud of yourself. Since you’re used to living modestly, you could potentially be more aggressive with your saving rate once your new income kicks in.

The budgeting app Mint is definitely safe. Mint is owned by Intuit, the same financial company that owns Quickbooks, Turbo Tax, and Credit Karma. I can’t certain how safe other budgeting apps may be, although there are other good choices out there. But I definitely recommend Mint as a great place to start. Another platform I recommend is Personal Capital. Not all budgeting apps are created equal so anytime you find yourself being drawn to one, make sure you do your research. Find out who owns the app, what they’re doing with your personal information, and if there are any negative reviews pointing out flaws in their system.

I would also recommend you find a budgeting style that works for you. There are four main ones I recommend: zero-based budgeting, the 50-30-20 budget, cash envelopes, and the pay yourself first method. I myself am a zero-based budget advocate which means in layman’s terms, I provide every dollar I bring home a job and try my hardest to leave nothing to chance. Stuff comes up but it’s much easier for me to hit my financial goals when I know a pile of cash is allocated for certain things like groceries instead of just letting myself do whatever I want with it at the moment. I’m excited for all the financial ass you’re about to kick!


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